Hurricane Willa threatens Mexico as category 5 storm

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Hurricane Willa intensified rapidly over the last 24-hours and is now a category 5 storm approaching Mexico’s western coast. Landfall is estimated Tuesday afternoon between Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta.

In addition to Willa, tropical storm Vicente is expected to make landfall late on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning to the south of the area expected to be impacted by Willa, giving Mexico’s western coastline of Mexico significant rainfall combined with high winds and storm surge.

Hurricane Willa’s anticipated landfall is similar to that of Hurricane Patricia in 2015, which made landfall in Jalisco, south of Puerto Vallarta on October 23 of that year. Patricia was the second-most intense tropical cyclone on record worldwide and fortunately weakened from category 5 to 4 before landfall; Willa is expected to undergo similar weakening.

Hurricane Patricia – 2015 wind swath

Hurricane Patricia wind swath 2015

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